My foremost reason for writing this book was always to have a memorial for April 15, 2017, the fiftieth anniversary. So many times, at the twentieth, the twenty-fifth anniversary, etc., I have wanted to publicly mark the occasion someway.
I have finally been successful. I made my goal. I am exuberant! The people who shared their stories, the people most deeply affected by this event received advance copies a few weeks before this public release. Fifty years it took for us to talk about it. It’s still hard, but it feels good to be able to share it.
When Normal Blew Up: The Story of the People Who Died and the People Who Lived On